Our Morning Service is at 11:00am, with coffee served afterwards. We deliberately welcome everybody: young, old, energetic, weary, or however you are today! Whatever your background, and whatever you’re used to in church, we want you to feel comfortable with us. Please feel free to sit wherever you like. Many of our families like to sit towards the front, so the children can see what’s going on, but please just find somewhere comfortable. Most Sundays, we also have a Joint Evening Service which takes place (at 6:30pm) at Castle Methodist Church.
HELPFUL THINGS TO KNOW
- Bathrooms. There is a bathroom at the back of church in the north porch (with baby-changing facilities), but this is quite primitive. Alternatively, there are usually bathrooms available in the Church Hall, across the churchyard to the north of the building.
- Children. We are delighted to welcome children to St Peter’s, and would like to invite them to SPK (St Peter’s Kids) during the service. Usually, the children leave for SPK early in the service – and then return for the All-Age Zone towards the end. If it’s their first time, we will ask you to complete a Registration Form on their behalf. By the way, we understand that kids make noise – and that’s fine…!
- Communion. For all those coming up to receive communion, you will be invited to come up from the pew by a warden. Please join the queue in the centre aisle to receive the bread, and then move either left or right (depending on which side of the church you were sitting) to receive the wine at the side. Please return to your seat via the side aisle. For those not wishing to receive communion, we are happy to offer a prayer of blessing (please hold a service card in front of you as you come up).
- Community Groups. These mid-week groups are where our church get to know one another (building a community) and seek to help others (serving the community). We encourage everyone in the church to join a Community Group, and please ask the person leading the service today if you would like to know more.
- Disabled access. Our current provision for those needing disabled access is via the south-east porch (the front-right of the church), where a ramp leads from the church floor to the pathway onto the High Street. Do please ask any of our Welcoming Team for assistance if required.
- Dress code. We don’t have one. Some people like to come dressed smartly, others prefer to ‘dress down’. We’re just glad you’re here.
- Joint Evening Service. Most Sunday evenings, we come together with two other local churches (St Botolph’s and Castle Methodists) for a Joint Evening Service. If you would like to join us, we meet at Castle Methodist Church in Maidenburgh Street, which is a short walk down the High Street.
- Leaders. The Vicar of St Peter’s is Rev Mark Wallace (who is married to Lizzie), and the Associate Minister is Rev Aella Gage (married to Liza). They share the leadership of the church with the two Churchwardens (Dr Dan Watts and Mrs Wendy Whitfield) and the Parochial Church Council, most of whom are elected by church members at the Annual Meetings.
- Lunch. We often have a Church Lunch after the service, and you would be very welcome to join us. We meet in the Church Hall, just across the churchyard to the north of the building. If there is no Church Lunch today, then there are a number of places on North Hill or down the High Street that serve food. Do ask for recommendations!
- Parking. If you have come by car today, then we guess you’ve already found somewhere to park! But if you would like suggestions for future weeks, then do please get in contact. In addition, for those with very young children or with significant disability issues, parking is available at the Vicarage just over the road (please ring 572641).
- Refreshments. These are served after the service, and are free of charge. Do please stick around for a while, as we would love the chance to get to know you better.
- Rock Solid. This is a group for those aged 16-30 which usually meets every Sunday in term-time for lunch, fun and fellowship. We particularly welcome students from Essex University to this group.
- St Botolph’s Church. St Botolph’s is our sister church, and together we form the Town Centre Parish. Their service is at 9:45am, and finishes in time to allow our Vicar to rush across town to be here for the start of our service.
- Timings. We try to start on time at 11:00am, and usually finish around 12:10pm. If it’s a Communion Service, we are usually slightly longer and finish around 12:20pm.